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The Howling + Lisa and The Devil

 
 
Sat, Aug 13, 2016
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The Howling

Directed by Joe Dante
With Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan
1981, 91min, 35mm

 

Traumatized after a near-death encounter with a serial killer, a TV news anchor (Wallace) and her husband retreat to a Northern California commune for some rest and relaxation—but something evil lurks in the woods. Dante’s take on the werewolf genre loads each frame with clever visual in-jokes, while delivering a transformation scene for the ages.

 
Lisa and the Devil

Directed by Mario Bava
With Elke Sommer, Telly Savalas, Sylva Koscina
1973, 95min, 35mm

 

Accept no imitations in the form of the badly butchered version released in America as The House of Exorcism. This is the original, as-the-director-intended-it cut of horror maestro Mario Bava’s hypnotic, visually ravishing “engagingly lurid” (Dante) gothic fantasy in which an American tourist (Sommer) in Spain slips into a surreal nightmare reality when she encounters a mysterious man (Savalas) who may be Lucifer himself.

“A career high—and low—point for director Mario Bava, who was finally allowed to create a film entirely to his own taste with no interference from above, only to see it discarded when his original version proved too offbeat to attract a distributor. He never lived to see his dream-like cut rescued from the ash heap, believing it would be forever replaced by the heavily reworked House of Exorcism, which added a framing story ripped off from the much-imitated Friedkin film. But the movie gods have smiled at Bava in recent years, and the engagingly lurid Lisa and the Devil has survived intact.” —Joe Dante

 
 
 
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